Outdoors

Weekend Getaway for Nov. 21

Ike Kinswa State Park

WHAT: Ike Kinswa State Park is a 454-acre park with 46,000 feet of shoreline on Mayfield Lake. The park is open all year for camping

WHEN: The park is open 8 a.m.-dusk in the winter and 6:30 a.m.-dusk in the summer.

WHERE: Mossyrock.

ACTIVITIES: The park has 2 1/2 miles of hiking trails, and 2 miles are open to bikes. The park also is popular for waterskiing, swimming and fishing but mostly in warmer months.

GETTING THERE: From U.S. Highway 12 in Mossyrock, turn north on Silver Creek Road and drive 1.9 miles. Continue on Harmony Road to the park.

OF NOTE: There are two boat ramps and 40 feet of dock. There is a $7 fee to use the boat launch. Winter camping rates are now in effect. The rates range from $12 for a primitive campsite to $35 for a full-utility site. Camping check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m. This one of the few state parks that accepts year-round reservations. Call 888-226-7688.

HISTORY: The Cowlitz Indians are believed to be the first people to live in the area. Many graves were relocated when the Mayfield Dam filled the canyon with water. The park’s name was changed in 1971 from Mayfield Lake State Park “to honor Ike Kinswa, a Cowlitz Indian who represented his people,” according to the State Parks’ website.

FEE: A $10-per-day or $30-per-year Discover Pass is required to access most state recreation lands.

MORE INFO: parks.wa.gov.

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